The Scarlet Boy

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Serpent's Tail, 1998 - Fiction - 185 pages
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Taking his inspiration from the powerful screen goddesses of the day, young Edward will stop at nothing in his single-minded pursuit of romance and stardom, cutting a swaithe through his parents' mining community and the local grammar school. Harsh reality and his sharp-tongued mother, however, have a way of pricking his glorious balloon. The sequel to Forties Child, The Scarlet Boy, left unfinished at his death, is a wonderful recreation of childhood. It has all the hallmarks of a Tom Wakefield novel - a most vivid sense of place, total empathy with his characters, and a playful desire to undermine sexual conventions. Completed by his close friend, Patrick Gale, The Scarlet Boy is a fitting tribute to one of the very best late 20th century British writers.

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About the author (1998)

Tom Wakefield was born of a mining family in the Midlands. His previous books include a collection of short stories, Drifters, novels, Mates, The Discus Throwers and The Variety Artistes, and a childhood autobiography, Forties' Child, also published by Serpent's Tail. Tom Wakefield died in 1997.

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